Lot 239: Janet Nakamarra Long 2009 Ngapa Dreaming - Dry Water Holes synthetic polymer paint on canvas
December 11, 2016
Sydney, AustraliaLive Auction
Janet Nakamarra Long
Ngapa Dreaming - Dry Water Holes
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
51 x 152 cm
Artist Directly Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW
The lines represent the flowing water at Warntaparri where Warlpiri people dance for rain.They paint their bodies with white ochre and sit singing the song of the hailstones.
Rain floods the rives and makes billabongs, lagoons, streams and soakages. As each soakage dries up the Warlpiri move on to another. In the dry they dig a hole and cover it with leaves. By the next morning the water is clear enough to drink.